The Kitchen is HOT!!!!!

April 19th, 2015
Ready to can!

Ready to can!

I am canning Blueberry syrup, starting Lemony Blueberry Lavender Marmalade and thawing frozen tomatoes to make the winter version of Lemony Tomato Basil Soup!

*********Reminder : We will not be at the Contoocook Winter Market on April 25, 2015**********

Reminder : We will not be at the Contoocook Winter Market on April 25, 2015

April 17th, 2015
how I feel this morning......

We are sad that we have to miss a market!

Due to a scheduling glitch we will not be at the Winter market on April 25th at the Hopkinton town hall. If you need preserves,meat,eggs or chicken the following week you need to talk to us at this weeks market ,call or email us to arrange pick up at the farm or on the 24th at the Friday Weare winter market at the old town hall from 4-6pm.

2 1/2 weeks ago it looked like winter had returned……..but not any more!

April 15th, 2015
It was starting to get green............not now March 29th,2015

March 28th,2015-It was starting to get green…..but by March 29th,winter had returned .

On Saturday the 28th of March as my husband and I were tending to a ewe with her newborn lamb the snow started

the same crocus in the sunshine

They’re Back!! We had 2 days of 60 degrees and the crocus have begun to bloom!

coming down in huge flakes. The snow stuck to the trees and to the ground where there was snow cover. But by the afternoon, the sun had tried to come out. Yet that evening the wind was back up, blowing in more cold air and left 5 inches of snow behind. I was getting really tired of the cold and couldn’t  wait to see mud and the shoots of green appearing in the garden and in the trees,when the snow appeared that Saturday. That was 2 1/2  weeks ago and now there are only a couple of snow piles and is 60+ degrees . The water is running high in the stream, the birds are making nests ,the lambs are lounging in the the sun,no biting bugs and there is hardly any muddy ground.  Although all the night time creatures are back out as I discovered 2 nights ago . It was a very dark night when I came out of the barn  after feeding the bottle lambs. My only light was my head lamp(which needed new batteries)  and  that is when I stepped on a weasel(a short,skinny weasel)who was just as surprised as I was and took off through my legs  into the back yard. I think he/she was hunting the mice that tend to live in the wood pile that is at the foundation of our first barn. I just feel lucky it wasn’t a skunk as there was a dead one across the road the next morning.

 

Winter is starting to release it’s grip

March 18th, 2015
I know it's spring when I see the Junco's

I know it’s spring when I see the Juncos

It is amazing what you can see while walking the dogs in the winter on the road or in the woods . We have seen a flock of turkeys, a flock of cedar waxwings under an apple tree pecking at the frozen apples and an Ermine(a Stoat in it’s winter coat) which the dogs found very interesting.

Winter can be very depressing .So when I see Junco’s along the road I know the snow is receding.  That means the green of spring is not far behind!

I am ready for SPRING!

March 12th, 2015
 April sky in 2013 at early evening over my neighbors house

April sky in 2013 at early evening over my neighbors house

When will I be able to see the crocus? There is still 1 1/2 feet of snow .....

When will I be able to see the crocus? There is still 1 1/2 feet of snow …..

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for mud and green grass……I suspect the animals are too,especially the donkey!

Sparkle has spent all winter trapped with 18 sheep and 2 goats and no where to run too!

Sparkle has spent all winter trapped with 18 sheep and 2 goats and no where to run too!

Having sheep means you experience new life and unfortunately death

March 3rd, 2015

Our ram lamb Caddy Shack didn’t make it , he was a month old and was not  yet chewing cub(regurgitating  hay and chewing). He may have had a defect in his stomachs and was unable to utilize the hay he had eaten. But it makes me very sad and this winter weather and cold hasn’t helped me or the lambs.

Orphanannie's first full day in the barn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Orphanannie’s first full day in the barn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Liberty and her ram lamb Sparrow

Liberty and her ram lamb Sparrow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But there is good news! Our newest ram lamb Sparrow is getting fat and bouncy and Orphanannie is now in the barn full time! She has bonded with our ewe Salsa and her ram lamb Spots ,so she has someone to sleep with.  I am also happy to announce that as of tomorrow Sparrow will be on the same feeding schedule as Orphanannie……only 4 feeding’s a day! But starting  Thursday Orphanannie will be moving to a 3 times a day feeding schedule as she is old enough(and fat enough).

This has been a tough lambing year………….and I am not done yet…….

March 1st, 2015
Caddy Shack in the warming box,with heated bean bags under him and on top of him.

Caddy Shack in the warming box,with heated bean bags under him and on top of him.

Right now my first born lamb is in the house as he has not been doing well. He was getting cold and constipated,so we brought him in to warm him up and give him a warm soapy water enema which he didn’t like and not much has happened. We are not sure if he has been getting enough milk from his mother,but he refuses the bottle and is already eating some hay. We shall see,if he does make it back to the barn he will need to wear a fleece coat to help him stay warm.  I took him out of the warming box or should I say he jumped out of the warming box and ran around the kitchen before I could catch him. Right now he is crated with Orphanannie and is sleeping. If he isn’t better by tomorrow I will have to take him to the vet as I am running out of tricks to get him feeling better.

The sun is out and we have figured out who Orphanannie’s mother is

February 22nd, 2015
Orphanannie and  Aleppo

Orphanannie and Aleppo

I took Orphanannie out to the barn this morning  and checked on Snoopy and Sneaky(she was born yesterday). The sun was just coming out after our little snow storm last night and it is a lovely day so all the animals are relaxing enjoying the sun. I needed to check ear tags to update my files to give to the state vet as we had lost lambs and ewes to coyotes this fall and some ewes to old age.

Can you see the resemblance between Cymbals lamb from last year and Orphanannie?

Can you see the resemblance between Cymbals lamb from last year and Orphanannie?

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I was checking my ewe picture ID and noticed that our brown ewe Cymbal’s ram lamb from last year looked just like Orphanannie and Cymbal had been pregnant,but it was hard to check her  due to her heavy felted coat. We tried to get a shearer out here in the spring but I have so few animals to shear, that I couldn’t get anyone to come out.  Maybe this spring I can get all 6 ewes  completely shorn…any takers ?

It snowed again….giving us a nice white icing….and Orphanannie got a new coat

February 19th, 2015
snow ,snow everywhere

snow ,snow everywhere

I woke up to more that the dusting of snow that was predicted. But it wasn’t hard to clean up and the sun has been out and helped things to melt.

Orphanannie chewing on a ewes mats hanging off the coat

Orphanannie chewing on hair mats hanging off the Ewes coat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today Orphanannie is out in the barn in her little orange coat, hassling the other lambs and chewing on any sheep or goat who doesn’t push her away. It is warm today and I am hoping that I can leave her out for 3 or 4 hours and  she will find a ewe or another lamb to hang out with.

Well it snowed over 14 inches and some drifts are 4ft……

February 16th, 2015
recipe from the 1999 edition of Family circle favorite recipes

recipe from the 1999 edition of Family circle favorite recipes

We went last night to our neighbors for a dinner of lamb shanks,mashed potatoes and broccoli. I brought a sweet cream cake with whipped cream filling mixed with our latest creation “chocolate cherry preserves”. Our neighbors have been kind enough to lend us their snow blower so we can get our parking pad clean this morning ,this is a god send,we are so lucky to have such awesome neighbors!